I bought my 2003 Neon SXT in May 2003. I still drive it every day - it has been the BEST car I have ever had. Aside from normal maintainence, it owes me nothing. 132,000 and still going..LOVE my car. Still gets 33-35mpg, faithfully. And NO RUST. I wish they still made this car. I have been looking for another one and cannot find one...huuummm wonder why?? Because they are keepers, thats why!
Was the only car in its class in its year that held my daughters car seat without the front seat against her legs...lots of room in the back seat. I use it as my "city truck" and have hauled lots of stuff most Neon owners would not. Like the head room, and the ergonomics of the interior design.